Great Shock!!! Presidency Makes U-Turn, Denies Media Report On Rescued Chibok Girls

By Amako Nneji October 13, 2016 17:32

Great Shock!!! Presidency Makes U-Turn, Denies Media Report On Rescued Chibok Girls

Following the release of 21 girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect, at Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014, the Presidency has expressly denied media reports that President Muhammadu Buhari, swapped some Boko Haram prisoners for the rescued girls.

Addressing a press conference on the release of the abducted girls, the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, said the girls were released, following credible information from trusted negotiators, among the leadership of Boko Haram.

The Presidency, through the Information Minister, explained how it had been working round the clock to rescue the abducted Chibok girls.

“We can confirm that 21 of the girls were released safely to us, by 5.30 am, this Thursday morning, and they were flown to Kaduna, from the location of their release”, Mohammed said.


Picture of the rescued Chibok girls

He added: “This is the most glaring manifestation to date, of the unwavering commitment of the President, to secure the safe release of the girls, and reunite them with their families. It is also a result of the round-the-clock efforts by the administration, to put a closure to the sad issue of the kidnap of the girls.

“We expect the released girls to land in Abuja shortly. Ahead of their arrival, we have assembled a team of Medical Doctors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Trauma Experts, etc, to properly examine the girls, especially because they have been in captivity for so long.

“They will also be adequately debriefed. We have the list of the 21 girls, but we are now contacting their parents as part of the necessary verification exercise. As soon as that is concluded, we will release the names to the public.

“Gentlemen, as we have always said, we have been working on the safe release of the girls, and following all the leads available. In this instance, the moment we had a credible lead, Mr President gave the green-light to the DSS to pursue it. We can confirm that the DSS pursued the lead in collaboration with a friendly European country, and a renowned International Humanitarian Organisation. The DSS was supported by the military.

“As soon as the necessary confidence was built on both sides, the parties agreed on the date, and the location of the release of the 21 girls. Please note that this is not a swap. It is a release, the product of painstaking negotiations, and trust on both sides.

“We see this as a credible first step in the eventual release of all the Chibok girls in captivity. It is also a major step in confidence-building between us as a government, and the Boko Haram leadership on the issue of the Chibok girls.

“We want to thank all Nigerians for their support, and for never losing confidence in the ability of Mr. President to secure the safe release of our Chibok girls”.

Meanwhile, the Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG, campaign group, has expressed excitement over Boko Haram’s release of 21 out of the over 200 Chibok school girls, abducted by the terrorist group in 2014.

The group said on Thursday, in a press statement signed by the group’s leaders, Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili, and made available to Post-Nigeria.

“This wonderful development confirms what we have always known about the capacity of our government to rescue our #ChibokGirls.

“While awaiting further details, we take this opportunity to salute the work of our security services at the front lines, the commitment, resilience, and tireless efforts of our members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force and the Civilian JTF.

“We also thank the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Swiss government, and all negotiators involved in securing the release.

“Following this development, we trust that our government will continue to work to keep the safety, security, and well-being of the other girls a high priority.

“We further urge the international community, to continue to support our government’s effort to rescue all other abducted Nigerians, so that parents, the Chibok community, the nation, and the world can finally put an end to this nightmare once and for all,” the group said.